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JetBlue to add three new Mint routes this winter

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N962JT (msn 6988) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943531.

JetBlue Airways is planning to add three winter Mint international routes. The seasonal routes will operate weekly per Airline Route with Airbus A321s:

Boston – St. Lucia – weekly from November 3, 2018 through April 27, 2019
Boston – St. Maarten – weekly from February 16 through April 27, 2019
New York JFK – Liberia -weekly from December 15, 2018 through April 27, 2019

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetBlue): JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N962JT (msn 6988) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943531.

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Wizz Air to add 11 new routes

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXL (msn 7488) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943009.

Wizz Air has announced further expansion of its network footprint across Europe with 11 new routes, creating exciting travel opportunities from 17 cities in 13 countries. The services will commence at the end of October.

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Including this announcement, Wizz is adding more than 125 new routes in 2018 and over 700 additional weekly flights on existing services across its extensive and diversified network covering already more than 140 destinations across 44 countries.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES:

Route: Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Vienna – Warsaw Daily 28 October 2018 19.99 EUR / 89 PLN
Gdansk – Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 9.99 EUR / 39 PLN / 299 UAH
Wroclaw – Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 9.99 EUR / 39 PLN / 299 UAH
Lviv – Vilnius Monday, Friday 29 October 2018 14.99 EUR / UAH 459
Lviv – Bratislava Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 30 October 2018 14.99 EUR / UAH 459
Pristina – Mulhouse Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 20 November 2018 19.99 EUR
Pristina – Munich Memmingen Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 30 October 2018 19.99 EUR
Pristina – Dortmund Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 15 December 2018 19.99 EUR
Tirana – Dortmund Tuesday, Saturday (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday in winter peak) 30 October 2018 19.99 EUR
Budapest – Doncaster/Sheffield Monday, Wednesday, Friday 29 October 2018 16.99 EUR /6090 HUF /17.99 GBP
Craiova – Charleroi Tuesday, Saturday 15 December 2018 14.99 EUR / 69 RON

* One way including all taxes and non-optional charges

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXL (msn 7488) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943009.

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Wizz Air announces two new routes from London Luton

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937147.

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airline groups including Wizz Air UK, has announced that it would further expand its London Luton base with a ninth Airbus A321 Airbus and expand its UK route network with two new routes from London Luton to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv.

In addition, the new aircraft will see Wizz Air increasing the weekly flight frequency for three existing London Luton routes. Flights to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, will increase from three to five a week; flights to the Albanian capital of Tirana will increase from three to four a week; and to Satu Mare in Romania from two to three a week.

The additional A321 Airbus at the London Luton base will bring Wizz Air’s total investment in its UK operations this year to almost $1 billion and will create additional jobs. Wizz Air’s local team in London Luton will have grown this year to more than 350 aviation professionals and support over 5,300 jobs on a yearly basis in supporting industries.

The new services announced bring the total number of new UK routes for 2018 to 19, and the number of new routes from London Luton to 14, including Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava, Lviv, Athens, Keflavik, Eilat, Grenoble, Verona, Bari and Tromsø.

Currently the second largest operator at London Luton, 2018 has been a year of significant growth for Wizz Air’s local operations, with 7.17 million seats on sale on 53 services available from London Luton in 2018, representing a 20% increase year-on-year.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM LONDON LUTON AIRPORT:

 

Destination Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Lisbon, Portugal Daily 28 October 2018 £17.99*
Kharkiv, Ukraine Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 13 November 2018 £17.99*

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES ON EXISTING LONDON LUTON ROUTES:

Destination Weekly Flights
Pristina, Kosovo 5 from 3
Tirana, Albania 4 from 3
Satu Mare 3 from 2

*One way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937147.

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JetBlue to add Mint service to Costa Rica

"Make a StateMint"

JetBlue Airways today announced it is once again answering calls from customers for more Mint flights with the addition of two new routes to feature the airline’s popular premium service with lie-flat seating.

Later this year, JetBlue will begin operating seasonal Saturday Mint service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), and between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF).

Liberia becomes JetBlue’s first Mint city in Latin America and JetBlue will be the only airline to operate regularly scheduled flights with a lie-flat premium seat between Costa Rica and the U.S. With the addition of Liberia, JetBlue will now serve 12 cities with Mint flights from its New York-JFK focus city.

In Boston, where JetBlue is the top airline in both number of flights and number of customers, new St. Lucia Mint service will bring Mint to nine routes from Logan. No other airline in Boston offers a premium lie-flat seat on as many routes.

Saturday Mint Schedule between New York (JFK) and Liberia (LIR)
Beginning December 15, 2018

JFK – LIR Flight #1691 LIR – JFK Flight #1692
10:25 a.m. – 2:49 p.m. 4:15 p.m. – 10:14 p.m.

Saturday Mint Schedule between Boston (BOS) and St. Lucia (UVF)
Beginning November 3, 2018

BOS – UVF Flight # 363 UVF – BOS Flight # 364
7:30 a.m. – 12:19 p.m. 1:44 p.m. – 6:59 p.m.

JetBlue also announced that Saturday Mint flights to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) from New York-JFK will resume in February 2019.

Additionally, the airline will launch new Saturday Mint service to St. Maarten from Boston, also in February 2019. JetBlue’s Mint flights to St. Maarten are part of the airline’s broader commitment to the Caribbean destination as it increases capacity in the market.

Saturday Mint Schedule between New York (JFK) and St. Maarten (SXM)
Beginning February 16, 2019

JFK – SXM Flight # 1487 SXM – JFK Flight # 1488
10:55 a.m. – 3:52 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 9:07 p.m.

Saturday Mint Schedule between Boston (BOS) and St. Maarten (SXM)
Beginning February 16, 2019

BOS – SXM Flight # 77 SXM – BOS Flight # 78
7:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. 1:45 p.m. – 5:17 p.m.

JetBlue’s Airbus A321 With Mint Offers Every Customer A Better Flight

Mint offers a completely rethought design and a more personal approach to service, addressing the needs of the modern traveler. Mint features exceptional hospitality from specially trained crewmembers.

Favorite Mint features include lie-flat seating, a signature cocktail, a tapas-style menu by New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole, fresh espresso from the first purpose-built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline, amenity kits by Hayward and Hopper, and dessert from local artisanal ice cream makers based in Mint cities.

Since launching in 2014, Mint has become a favorite way for celebrities, technology executives, creatives, and entrepreneurs to travel across the country. Mint was recognized by Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards, which honors innovative and disruptive design that pushes boundaries and seeks to change the world.

All customers will benefit from JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft, which features the airline’s new core experience for customers seated throughout the entire aircraft.

Features of the A321 core interior include 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach (a) and power outlets accessible to all customers. JetBlue’s popular marketplace, a self-serve station full of free snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience, is also available throughout the flight. And all A321 aircraft offer JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband Internet service (b) and access to JetBlue’s Hub content on personal devices and first-run Hollywood movies.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N964JT (msn 7018) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941681.

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JetBlue announces its second quarter 2018 results

"Just Plane Blue"

JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the second quarter 2018:

  • Reported diluted loss per share of $0.38, inclusive of $319 million pre-tax impairment charge on E190 assets. Excluding this charge, adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.38(1). This compares to JetBlue’s second quarter 2017 diluted earnings per share of $0.62.
  • Pre-tax loss of $160 million, inclusive of the E190 asset impairment charge. Excluding this charge, adjusted pre-tax income of $159 million(1), a decrease of 51.1% from the second quarter of 2017.
  • Pre-tax margin of (8.3%), inclusive of the E190 asset impairment charge. Excluding this charge, adjusted pre-tax margin of 8.2%(1), a 9.5 point decrease year over year.

Highlights from the Second Quarter 2018

  • Second quarter 2018 revenue per available seat mile (RASM) decreased (1.2)%, year over year, including 2.5 points of negative impact from holiday travel that shifted into the first quarter, as well as lapping a 1.25 point benefit that occurred in second quarter of 2017 from completion factor and co-brand incentive payments.
  • Operating expenses per available seat mile, excluding fuel (CASM ex-fuel) growth of 1.9%, slightly better than the initial guidance range of 2.0% to 4.0%, partially driven by the timing of expenses from the second into the third quarter of 2018 and higher completion factor.
  • JetBlue announced a signed MOU for the purchase of 60 A220 aircraft, starting in 2020 through 2025 and a transition plan for its current E190 fleet. The transaction is expected to mitigate costs increases into the next decade, strengthen JetBlue’s network strategy and offer Customers and Crewmembers with a state-of-the art product experience.

Key Guidance for the Third Quarter and Full Year 2018:

  • Capacity is expected to increase between 7.5% and 9.5% year over year in the third quarter 2018. For the full year 2018, JetBlue expects capacity to increase between 6.5% and 7.5%, including a 2 point reduction to capacity in the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • RASM growth is expected to range between flat and 3.0% for the third quarter 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
  • CASM Ex-Fuel is expected to grow between 1.0% and 3.0% for the third quarter of 2018. For the full year 2018, JetBlue expects year over year CASM Ex-Fuel to be between (1.0)% and 1.0%. CASM Ex-Fuel guidance includes accelerated depreciation of approximately $0.4 million per quarter for the balance of 2018, related to the E190 asset impairment.

(1) Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

Progress Continues Towards Margin Commitments

“I’d like to thank our 22,000 Crewmembers, for everything they do to deliver an outstanding JetBlue experience to our Customers. Our financial performance was impacted by the holiday calendar, but more importantly, by fuel prices that increased over 40% year over year. The team is focused on mitigating the impact of higher fuel in order to stabilize and improve our margins. We are planning a series of adjustments to both capacity and our ancillary revenue to take effect over the coming months, said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer.

I was pleased with our CASM ex-fuel growth coming in below the low-end of our guidance range for the second quarter. Controlling our costs is even more critical amid higher oil prices and we are lowering our annual capacity growth to protect our margins.

We are focused on our many building blocks aimed at improving our relative margins. Fleet is one broad example of building blocks that improve margins. We are delighted with the outcome of the E190 fleet review and our selection of the Airbus A220-300. We believe the recent transaction will be ROIC accretive as well as EPS accretive.”

“Our investments in the operation to mitigate ATC challenges are showing signs of positive results as we move through the peak summer season. We look forward to continuing to focus on improving our best in class Customer experience including on time performance and investments in our product,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Revenue Performance and Outlook

Second quarter RASM decrease of (1.2)% was slightly better than expected and within JetBlue’s guidance range from early June of (2.5)% to (0.5)%.

“We continue to target a mid-to-high single digit capacity growth, and are taking a number of actions to adjust to higher oil prices. We are updating our 2018 capacity guidance, including a 2-point reduction to our fourth quarter growth that will run through our schedules over the next few days,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s EVP Commercial and Planning.

Looking into the third quarter, we expect year over year RASM growth to be between flat and plus 3 percent. RASM continues to be driven by close-in bookings, and we’ve seen strength throughout July. The deceleration in RASM we are seeing in the third quarter is a result of slowing ancillary per Customer trends, driven by a transition to our new Vacations platform that has been more challenging than anticipated. To mitigate the impact, we are moving forward with a series of ancillary adjustments that are independent of the platform change.”

Cost Performance, Outlook and Balance Sheet

Second quarter CASM ex-fuel was below the guidance range from April, driven by a solid operational environment and timing of expenses. JetBlue reaffirms its expectation for CASM ex-fuel growth to inflect during the second half of the year.

“By the end of the quarter we achieved $154 million in 2020 run rate savings as a result of our Structural Cost Program. We continue to expect an inflection in our unit cost trends in the second half as the benefits of the Structural Cost Program build,” said Steve Priest, JetBlue’s EVP Chief Financial Officer.

We are also thrilled about the outcome of the E190 fleet review and our selection of the Airbus A220-300 (above). This aircraft is a perfect fit for our network strategy and Customer Experience, and most importantly for our Owners, it is the ideal aircraft to carry the momentum of our Structural Cost Program well into the next decade. Our strong balance sheet and investment grade metrics allows us to invest in value-accretive projects, such as our recent fleet transaction.”

Capital Allocation and Liquidity

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $915 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments, or about 12.6% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, JetBlue maintains approximately $625 million in undrawn lines of credit.

In its commitment to maintaining a balanced approach to capital allocation, JetBlue executed an additional $125 million in share repurchases during the quarter.

During the second quarter, JetBlue repaid $66 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations, and raised nearly $280 million in secured aircraft debt. JetBlue anticipates paying approximately $54 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the third quarter and approximately $212 million for the full year 2018. JetBlue anticipates maintaining a 30-40% adjusted debt to cap range and liquidity between 10% and 12%.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

The realized fuel price in the quarter was $2.28 per gallon, a 41.7% increase versus second quarter 2017 realized fuel price of $1.61.

JetBlue entered into forward fuel derivative contracts to hedge approximately 7% of its fuel consumption during the third quarter of 2018. Based on the fuel curve as of July 13th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel of $2.33 in the third quarter of 2018. – –

Notes

(1) Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel and related taxes, and operating expenses related to other non-airline businesses (CASM Ex-Fuel) is a non-GAAP financial measure that we use to measure our core performance. Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N972JT (msn 7455) (Prism) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942904.

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Wizz Air expands in Iasi, Romania

Celebrating the 100th Airbus aircraft

Wizz Air, the largest airline in Romania and one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, launched 7 new routes accompanied by the celebration of the two-year anniversary of its Iasi base and the deployment of a second aircraft to the local fleet.

The modern 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft will support the operations of the newest services available from Iasi to Billund, Brussels Charleroi, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Malmö, Paris Beauvais and Thessaloniki, as well the increased frequencies to 2 popular destinations from Iasi: Milan Bergamo and Tel-Aviv.

In total, Wizz Air schedule will have 20 additional weekly flights departing from Iasi.

In other news, the company will also launch a new from Vienna to Eilat in November.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LTD (msn 8305) (Airbus 100) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942462.

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Wizz Air adds a 10th aircraft to the Bucharest base

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXG (msn 7182) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942634.

Wizz Air, the largest airline in Romania and one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, allocated the 10 aircraft and celebrated the eleven-year anniversary at its Bucharest base.

The state-of-the-art 230-seater Airbus A321 aircraft will support the operations of the newest four routes commencing this year from Bucharest to Athens, Gothenburg, Nice, Kutaisi as well the increased frequencies to 8 popular destinations from Bucharest: Barcelona, Bari, Billund, Eindhoven, Geneva, London Luton, Paris Beauvais and Tel-Aviv.

In total, Wizz schedule will have 24 additional weekly flights departing from Bucharest.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM BUCHAREST

Destination Days Starts Fares from**
Gothenburg, Sweden Wednesday, Sunday 27 June 2018 RON 149/ EUR 34.99
Nice,

France

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 26 June 2018 RON 229/ EUR 49.99
Kutaisi,

Georgia

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 3 July 2018 RON 119/ EUR 27.49


INCRESED FREQUENCIES ON EXISTING ROUTES

Destination Weekly Flights
Barcelona 10 from 7
Tel-Aviv 9 from 6
London Luton 21 from 19
Bari 7 from 5
Paris Beauvais 5 from 3
Eindhoven 4 from 2
Geneva 3 from 2
Billund 3 from 2

 

Already the largest airline in Romania, Wizz Air is offering now 141 routes to 22 countries (including one domestic flight Bucharest – Cluj Napoca) across Europe from 10 Romanian airports. In 2018, 20 new routes have already been announced in Romania, such as the popular destinations of Athens from Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Nice, Lyon, or Malmo and Thessaloniki from Iași.

Wizz Air is operating from 10 airports in Romania with a young fleet of 25 aircraft including 5 of the ultra-efficient brand new 230-seater Airbus A321, and the team currently working across the country is exceeding 1,000 local employees.

In other news, Wizz Air on July 2 celebrated the launch of the Vienna – Eindhoven and Vienna – Malaga routes.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXG (msn 7182) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942634.

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